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Manchester City hires Manuel Pellegrini as manager to replace the fired Roberto Mancini

Manchester City hired Manuel Pellegrini as the club's manager on Friday, entrusting a man nicknamed "The Engineer" with constructing a team to reclaim the Premier League title and become a force in the Champions League.

The 59-year-old Chilean has been courted for months by City following impressive spells in Spain with Villarreal and Malaga, which he left this month. He also coached Real Madrid in his nine-year stint in Spain but was fired after one season despite guiding the team to its then-record points total in La Liga.

Pellegrini was appointed exactly a month after Roberto Mancini was fired for failing to capture a trophy in his third full season.